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Gordon Biersch Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StevieW on 06-04-2002

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 108
Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a rather odd selection for me, in that I had never heard of it and really did not know what to expect going in. Poured decent pale golden amber with a nice white foamy head on top and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. A touch of side glass lace was present, but nothing to write home about. The smell was light, full of grain with a touch of rice or corn. Seemed to come off a bit muted to be honest. The flavor again was decent, but it too seemed to be a bit muted, like it was missing something. Lots of malt tones and a decent backbone of a bread like nature. Some small bettering hops could be detected in the finish as well as a bit of a light fruitiness. Very nice carbonation and a very light body made this about as drinkable as water. Overall it was not terrible by any means. A bit of an average pilsner for me, enough there though to get me curious about some of the other offerings the brewery may offer. May have to check them out sometime in the future if I get a chance to go out that way. But a good call, better then a macro for sure. (1,085 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are kind of skunked, a bit spicy and floral.

Taste is dry and clean. Crisp, and with a floral grassy hop finish. Only a hint of malts in the flavor, somewhat creamy, but the hops are the main flavor here.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full and thick feeling in the mouth.

Not a bad pilsner, but certainly not great. Drinkable, and not bad for a session. The price is about right at $5.99 a sixer. (454 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow color with a moderate bubbly head which left slightly less than average lacing in my glass.

There was a fair amount of hops present in the smell, however there also seemed to be a slightly unpleasant odor also present which I couldn't identify.

The beer did have a better taste than smell, a pretty typical pilsner.

It had a slightly better than average mouth feel, just about the right amount of bite.

All in all it was a drinkable beer, just nothing I'd go back to again in a hurry. I would like to try one some other time, or on tap at my local GB brewpub just to see if that mildly unpleasant smell was still there or if I perhaps have a "bad" 6 pack on my hands. (696 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a big 22 ounce glass at the Gordon Biersch "pub" at Dulles Airport and was surprised that it was showing very little head and almost no sign of lacing. A thin yellow-gold with a subtle nose of orange biscuit. A crisp taste of fairly classic peppery grain/wheat, but kind of watery. The initial carbonation that gives it a little bite seems to die pretty quickly, but it's still fairly drinakble. Nothing exciting here. Would rather gamble on another unknown than take another one of these (especially at $6+ a pop!) but it shouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. My experience at the brepub in San Jose is a little better than this but I don't think I have ever sampled the pils before so this will have to do. (714 characters)

Photo of bosco7
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color with fizzy head.

Lemon zest, soap, and some spice aromas. Kind of dull.

Lots of lemon pulp with some zesty spice flavors and not a whole lot more. Lacks any malt depth. Assertive bitterness. Refreshing if nothing else.

Fizzy mouthfeel and kind of watery.

This beer is okay but it is kind of dumbed down. Refreshing but there are many other American craft Czech. Pilsners that are astronomically better than this offering (think Prima Pils and Sierra Nevada Summerfest). (498 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Safeway in Eureka. Poured a bright yellow with a moderate white head. Minimal lacing. Nose of light malts and hops. Mouthfeel average. and flavors of malts, hops, and something odd. Not really the greatest pils, but then not a drainpour either. Maybe slightly below average (278 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Jose bottled beer purchased from the San Jose BevMo.

This is a clear gold colored lager with a skimpy white head.

Smell is sweet with a bit of grassy and citrus smelling hops. Malt doesn't feature much in this beer except for its absence.

Taste is quite dry with a grassy hop flavor at the beginning. Flavor doesn't develop much from the first taste; this is just a noticeable more bitter lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Honestly this is a disappointing beer. A Heineken has more pilsner flavor than this beer. Avoid, try anything else made by the company. (567 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dull golden rod color, very clean and still. Head started ok but fell to a wispy off white memory.

S: Copper coins, light white grape, corn pops

T: Begins like a bitter fruit perhaps, cranberry or unripe citrus but without the sweetness. Metallic tastes hit as the bitter fruit really begin to blossom...sort of an astringent bitterness without a lot of the attractive qualities. Finishes grainy and undefined.

M: Thin body with a medium prickly mouthfeel.

D: I really don't like this beer. It lacks the subtle sweetness that most other pilsners have. Pass. I won't finish this, move onto something else. (619 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This American version of a Pilsener seems more German than Czech in style and comes in a 12fl.oz. brown longneck bottle. The newly fashioned label features their GB (icon like, trade mark) logo on the front and neck, with a "bottled on" date on the back label.

Poured moderately aggressive into my Sam Adams BL taster glass reveals a pristene golden lager with 3/4" of fluffy white, short-lasting head. Good carbonation on the pour settles down quickly leaving some nice lace initially, but none towards the finish.

The smell is of sweet doughy malt with a strong grassy hop in it's midst. A very light wiff of alcohol rears as it warms. Much like it smells comes the taste...medium body with a sweet doughy malt that's quite tasty. The sweetness bows down to a crisp slap of the hops...bitter and balanced with a clean, fresh finish.

An easy drinking pils that's rather well suited to this warm (70 degree F) winter day...worth a try. (944 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the CO Springs airport, this was a bit pricey, $6 for a .5L, try it elsewhere if you can

Poured gold & efferevescent wit a tight 1" white head. Good lacing & pretty fair head retention

S: Floral hops, maltyness & a hint of grainyness

T: Sweet malt quickly gives way to floral hops & grainyness. Slight grassyness emerges as it warms, along with a kittle soapyness. Finishes crisp, hoppy & a little sweet

MF: Medium bodied, maybe a little too overcarbonated, but not prickly, the balance is a bit all over the place. Couldn't pin down if this was a hoppy pils or a malty pils! (599 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extra pale straw hue, with superb clarity. Two-finger snowy-white head of dense soap bubbles shows above average retention and sheets of lace that coat the glass. Saaz, pale malt, and light-struck hop aromas. Sweet pale malt upfront... followed by an explosion of Saaz flavor! Semi-dry aftertaste, fading noble hop flavor and a hint of skunk. Very crisp and light-bodied- this has a very easy drinkability. Ample german hop flavor somehow remains balanced with a subdued and simple pale malt flavor. Finishes crisp and hoppy. I was surprised to find that Gordon Biersch makes such an impressive and traditional Pilsener. (629 characters)

Photo of Boneheadmx
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a yellowish straw color with a decently foamy head that subsides after a while. The smell is of hops and a bit metallic, but at first taste, the beer shines through. Very crisp, and the hops finish off rather nicely. This is a very balanced beer, with just the right amount of hops for the alcohol content. The mouthfeel is excellent too. It's not too heavy, and there's just that right amount of carbonation. It doesn't go down like a soft drink like so many other lighter beers. This boils down to one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. I will definitely go for some more next time. (605 characters)

Photo of Tang07
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been hot as hell here for the last few weeks so it was too hot for the ales that I normally like to consume and I wanted a lager/pilzner and this stuff was on sale so I gave it a whirl.

What a pleasant surprise!

It poured a lovely rich gold with a bright white head, that sticks around and laces the glass quite nicely.

It smells of crisp hops.

What a nice clean and refreshing beer. It is very well ballanced and perfectly carbonated. Great mouth feel and very drinkable. I'm going to grab a second 6er while it's still on sale. (551 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a decent creamy white head. Good lacing. Rather attractive to look at.

The aroma is light. Not much going on. Some hops.

The taste is crisp with some light sweetness and a decent hops bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, rather dry with decent cleansing.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this style but this was fairly drinkable. Nothing too exciting. Not bad in a pinch but I prefer some other offerings from GB. (442 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a golden yellow coloration. The head was short lived and white in coloration.

Smell: There is a bit of malty breadyness. The hops show up as briefly spicy.

Taste: The beer has a pretty nice wheat bread maltyness. The hops provide some bitterness to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body with minimal carbonation. The beer is ok to drink but not something I will repeat. (482 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The fiance brought this one back for me from a recent west coast trip. Heard so much about the brewery, I couldn't turn it down.

Anyway, it poured with a frizzy, crackling, bleach white head. Meanwhile the beer itself is light golden and crystal clear with a highly carbonated effervescense. A light floral bouquet exists in the nose that displays some paler malt notes as well. Very light and crisp mouthfeel defines the style. There's some maize flavors, a little bit of floral, but certainly more pale than I would have expected upon embarking on this brew. I'd give a slight edge to the hops in the balance battle. It finishes with a little bitter kick but still remains soft. I sense a touch of grapefruit at the end. Not bad, however mostly a forgettable beer. (769 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Final taste at GB in Miami : Crystal clear pour, although darker-than-macro gold , with a nice thick, dense pure white head with superb staying power. Even some lacing.

Aroma: the kick from a Saaz hop aroma, but a soft, sweet bready malt underneath adds nice balance.

A bit more sweet and rich than the norm pilsner affairs, an almost wheatish body before the hops come front and center. Crisp, bitter, dry finish. Pretty darn good. The mouthfeel is full bodied and soft for a pilsner, although the carbonation keeps it crisp throughout.

Yep, a better -than-average refreshing pilsner with a bit of bready creaminess tossed in for good measure. (653 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - basic yellow gold pour. Soapy white head whips up frothily and laces rather well, good persistence to boot.

Aroma - clean grainy nose, no off aromas, right on target.

Taste - rich grain flavor, some sweetness and a nice balance of moderately bitter hops. A touch of metal occasionally but the robust flavor more than makes up for it. Surprisingly long hop finish, nice way to end up.

Mouthfeel - crisp, average weight, complementary to the taste but not necessarily distinctive.

Drinkability - blew through five of these bottles and had to force myself to save one for a few notes. Deliciously drinkable. (629 characters)

Photo of Hunter
2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I haven't cared much for the offerings of this quasi-upscale corporate brewhouse, and have avoided it for some time after an initial visit. But I decided to give the beer another try.

Pilsner pours a slightly deeper gold than your American pilsner, with thin threads of bubbles and a fluffy white head with no staying power.

Aroma is thankfully absent of adjunct. Light grassy hops and malt in the nose, it smells clean and crisp.

Gods, does the promise go downhill on the tasting. Brash, metallic flavor overrides everything. Bitter aftertaste and thin mouthfeel give way to a brassy finish.

Leave this for the yuppies who think they're drinking a sophisticated microbrew. (685 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/03/05- Snagged from best friends wedding in February.

Presentation- 12 oz brew with date on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger glass.

Appearance- 3/4 inch beautiful creamy ultra white head. Classic dark yellow color and above average lacing.

Smell- Very light smell. A bit of grain and that's about it.

Taste- Very flavorful. Lots of malty grain. Very crisp and somewhat dry on the finish. A tad bit of bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel- Dry mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a pretty decent pils. Very impressed with this one. Better than some of the more popular ones I have tried. Two thumbs up here. Tasty. (671 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe not quite properly cast as a pilsner, this one certainly is crisp and slightly bitter...best served ice cold on a warm day. In fact, the ice cold one right now can be summed up as yello-gold in color with a thin, lageresque head that dissipates. Lace? Nada. The smell is mild and herbal...Saaz it is. Some maltiness competes in there as well. Taste is superb when the beer is frigid, reducing to average as it nears room temp. A malty wave settles over the palate before being washed away by a nice astringent buzz of assertive hops bitterness, which tingles the tongue as it dissipates. Mouthfeel is thin...though not for the style. Drinkability is fine, though maybe a little low for this time of the year. A good beer and a bit less expensive than most brews of its caliber. At least "worth a try". (807 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Filtered golden straw color fluffy bright white head leaves fine even lacing all around my pilsner glass. Aroma: Biscuit pale malts slight grassy hop bursts not bad at all, good combonation of scents here with the Saaz becoming very noticeable. Taste: European hops dominate the palate in a good way, low sweetness finishes very crisp with a slight driness with a grainy finish and lasting hop flavor that seduces the palate, nice well done solid all around pils. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied very refreshing evenly carbonated each sip produces the aahh that's refreshing sound. Drinkability: Easy to consume glad a picked up a sixer of this brew. (656 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw/light gold color with a nice white head at first with subdued carbonation leaving good lace. Light German hop aroma with little to no malt aroma or flavor and no outstanding characteristics. Very light bodied with a dry finish.

Very boring Pils -- not one to seek out in bottles. I've had better on draft at the GB brewpubs.

Per label: "Crisp Golden Lager"

Bottled: 09/14/04
Tasted: 11/18/04 (413 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear darker-than-macro gold with very active, large carbonation. Thick, rocky pure white head with superb retention and collar throughout. Some lacing.

Smell: the obvious powerful Saaz-ish hop aroma, but a soft, sweet bready malt underneath adds nice balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit more sweet and rich than the norm, with almost wheatish body before the hops come front and center. Crisp, bitter, dry finish. Quite nice, really. The mouthfeel is fullish and soft for a pilsner, although the carbonation keeps it crisp throughout.

Drinkability: Quite; a typical refreshing pilsner with a bit of bready creaminess thrown in for good measure.

I know this brewery has a rep for brewing tepid Yuppiebrau, but this is a fine effort. A good pilsner by any standard, and a good buy. (808 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a GB beer I didn't pour down the drain, fine golden hue, firm foamy head, great blast of sweet malt and prickly hops, full flavor for a pilsner. Note: I did taste a hint of the GB "funk", an odd sour taste that seems to permeate GB products, but it was so faint it might have been my imagination, so I ignored it, pounded many in tropical paradise and enjoyed this flavorful pilsner! (391 characters)

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Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.